It is tempting to believe that where lives have gone wrong, it is possible to find an early, inciting incident, which, if only the holder of memory can get to, articulate, and integrate, meaning and therefore optimism can be restored, and the good world can regain its center. Jennifer Militello’s […]
Joseph Harrington is the author of Of Some Sky (BlazeVOX Books 2018); Goodnight Whoever’s Listening (Essay Press 2015); Things Come On (an amneoir) (Wesleyan UP 2011); and the critical work Poetry and the Public (Wesleyan UP 2002). Harrington blogs about creative writing and climate change at Writing Out of Time. He teaches at the University of Kansas (Lawrence).
In Julia Madsen’s debut collection, The Boneyard, The Birth Manual, A Burial: Investigations into the Heartland, she presents scenes of a heartland town in precarity: the local economy, dependent on a meat packaging plant, has lost that anchor: “When the factory shut down, / everybody knew. Without saying. It was […]